Last updated on December 7th, 2023
What Do Photographers Wear On Shoots?
As a photographer, you spend most of your time on shoots—so, of course, what you wear is very important. There are specialized attire for different kinds of jobs (which we’ll get to later). But there are some basic things you should consider when getting ready for photoshoots.
This article will explore how to look the part of a professional photographer and what you should wear on photoshoots. Don’t forget your camera strap!
Which outfit makes me look the most professional?
Putting together an appropriate outfit for both the photographer and the client is always a good idea. Your outfit will show that you’re responsible and serious about your work. You can’t just walk into a high-end fashion shoot wearing shorts and flip-flops!
After all, this is not just another casual photographer; it’s someone who will take pictures professionally. So make sure your outfit looks professional and is functional so you can get around your photography session with ease.
Consider any physical moves you may make, such as bending, stooping, and squatting. Then, dress appropriately as a photographer in search of inventive angles.
Make sure you’re wearing an outfit that will allow you to be physically flexible without giving your clients a show. Or worse yet, don’t choose anything that could cause a wardrobe malfunction.
Avoid low-cut tops, short skirts, and dresses, and skimpy clothing for ladies. At the very least, bring a blazer or a pullover to cover up with. Gentlemen, remember a belt and a longer shirt that you can tuck in with a belt.
All Black Never Fails
There is a lot of debate over whether or not dressing to match your brand would be a better approach. However, it’s a good idea to wear all black for any shoot.
Why? Wearing black ensures you won’t stand out and detract from the main point. Not to mention that wearing all black makes you seem more official, making it easier to move around a facility.
A uniform that you plan will save you time and effort. Choose from the following options:
- Black skinny jeans or black slacks,
- A black leather belt
- Several black button-downs, several black polo shirts, and a black blazer
Pro Tip: To avoid perspiration, buy black clothing in light-weight, moisture-resistant materials rather than cotton.
Let Your Personal style Shine On
Some photographers may disagree with the above statement, claiming that it’s vital to dress according to your brand. While I agree with this, you can incorporate corporate components into your wardrobe while wearing all black.
You can include a few pieces of attention-getting jewelry to start conversations and complement the look. One-of-a-kind earrings, necklaces, and watches that almost always attract comments or inquiries. Although, they are small enough that they don’t stick out too much.
Another option is to order custom-made black clothing with your branding, such as a polo shirt with a subtle branding element. Not only does it help you brand yourself more effectively, but it also makes you appear and seem more official during photoshoots.
Above all else, the most important thing a photographer wears on a shoot is their personality.
Consider the Setting and Photography Type
What you wear also depends on where the photoshoot takes and what type of photos are being taken. You’ll need to layer on for cold climates and wear breathable options for hot climates.
If you’re shooting while on safari, well, then you can dress the part. If you’re photographing on the sports field, stick with black and even opt for performance wear. I’ve never seen a wedding photographer or studio photographer not dress in all black, though. Keep this in mind.
Consult With a Stylist
A wardrobe stylist will often help with specific outfits for shoots. However, it’s still important to be comfortable in your clothes. If you have no clue what to buy, use a stylist as a last resort.
Photographer Dress Code for Women
For women, pants, comfortable dresses, or skirts that hit below the knee allow for movement while shooting. Black comfy flats work well if there’s no snow. Opt for a black leather boot when there is snow or if it’s freezing.
Photographer Dress Code for Men
Men should wear clothing that is too fitted and not too loose-fitting as this can make them reveal too much or look sloppy. Always remember a belt, so nothing goes undone when crouching down during the shoot.
Don’t Forget Your pair of Shoes on a Photoshoot
Start your day off on the right foot by wearing a good pair of comfortable shoes. You don’t want to change shoes several times throughout the day, so make sure they’re comfy. Regardless of the sort of photos you’ll be shooting, keep in mind that you’ll most likely be standing for extended periods.
Consider the sort of location and weather you may expect during your shoot, as well as any other elements that may come into play. Will there be grassy meadows, sandy beaches, or other outdoor features you might fall into? If so, shoes that can take a little abuse and still look nice will be essential.
Here are some shoe types you can expect to wear:
- For warm months: black leather flats (women) or black comfortable dress shoes
- Cold months: Black leather comfortable boots
- Outdoor/lengthy shoots in-between: Dressy black leather sneakers
Sandals, high heels, and flip-flops should all be avoided in any case.
Conclusion: How to Dress Like a Professional Photographer
When picking out your photographer’s uniforms, remember to dress for the situation. Consider if you’ll be bending, stooping, or reaching up high. Consider the elements and layer up or down, depending on the forecast. And in most scenarios, wear all black while still showing a tad of your personality.
It’s the photos that your clients will never forget. Still, they’re also going to remember your level of professionalism, so dress the part.